Crappie fishing at Wappapello Lake will be fair in 2015. Anglers can expect approximately 10 - 15% of the white crappie they catch will be over 9”. A majority of the black crappie in the lake will be in the 5 – 8” range. In the spring, anglers should target crappie in shallow areas around brush piles or on shallow flats. In the fall and winter crappie will be found cruising large flats adjacent to the old St. Francis River channel or in some of the larger creek arms. Largemouth bass angling should be good and similar to recent years. Most of the bass will be 10 - 15", with good numbers up to 20”, and an occasional larger bass. There is no size limit for black bass, and anglers are encouraged to harvest ALL bass less than or equal to 11 inches, up to the daily limit of six. This should allow the remaining bass to grow faster, resulting in a higher quality largemouth bass fishery. Anglers should target largemouth bass in the spring in shallow areas along rocky banks and in shallow water around structure in the summer. Good sized white bass can be captured on the northern end of the lake as fish move up the St. Francis River in the spring. Bluegill fishing is fair, with many of the fish in the 6-8" range. Sunfish anglers can also expect to catch redear sunfish, warmouth, green sunfish, and longear sunfish. Anglers can expect good numbers of quality Channel catfish and Flathead catfish. Many anglers are successful using jugs or trotlines for both species of catfish.
Annual Prospects Report
black bass good using crankbaits and spinnerbaits early and late in the day; bluegill slow using crickets and worms; channel catfish fair using live baits on jug lines and trotlines at night; crappie fair using minnows and jigs; all other species slow; anglers should note the 9" minimum length limit regulation for crappie on Wappapello Lake; recorded lake level and other information can be received by calling the Wappapello Lake Information Hotline at 573-222-8139 or 1-877-lake-info.